Swans 1 Folkestone Invicta 1

Tuesday 30 October 2012.                                               Ryman League, Division One South.


Walton & Hersham 1    Folkestone Invicta 1.

An equalising goal from Gary Frewen with a quarter of an hour remaining avoided Swans adding to their recent run of league defeats, but a draw was the least they deserved from a match in which they restricted strong opponents to few opportunities.

With Calum Kitscha injured, Sheikh Ceesay was recalled in goal, while Jerome Maledon was absent, having been admitted to hospital. Victor Kiri made a welcome return, while new signings Will Turl and Jacek Magdzinski formed a new front pairing.

Swans started well, and when a long ball from Dan Sintim was not dealt with by the visitors’ defence, the ball came out to Chris Wales, but he volleyed wide. Frewen also put in a good strike from outside the box that flew wide.

Folkestone first posed a threat after a quarter of an hour when Stuart King turned well inside the right of the box to drive in a low shot that Ceesay saved at his near-post.

Swans had looked comfortable, with the defence composed, but they were hit by a fine strike after 28 minutes, Ryan Philpott driving a powerful shot into the top of the net from the right of the box.

Liam Collins’ fine ball was instantly controlled well by Aryan Tajbakhsh on the right, but his first-time cross was just too high to pick out teammates at the far-post. More good play by Tajbakhsh on the right allowed him to drive in a low cross, but again no-one was in the middle to capitalise.

The visitors had been restricted to sporadic attacks, but with a minute of first-half stoppage-time played they almost made it 2-0, which would have been harsh on Swans, a volley from the right of the box striking the near, top corner of the goal frame.

Despite Swans building up some good attacks, they had not seriously troubled Jack Delo in the Folkestone goal, but twelve minutes after the resumption he had to tip over a fine cross from close to the left byline by Frewen. A lob volley from Tajbakhsh on the left then dipped just over.

Folkestone’s Darren Smith struck a good shot from 25 yards just wide, before Swans equalised after 74 minutes. Phil Williams had come on with Graeme Purdy to replace Tajbakhsh and Magdzinski, and he made a fine run into the right of the box before crossing to the far-post where Frewen nodded home.

With ten minutes remaining Ceesay went down to make a good save from a low shot from 25 yards, and then did well to block at his near-post as a follow-up shot came in from the right. Then fortunately for Swans Smith drove his shot over when the ball fell to him on the right.

Swans’ Team: Sheikh Ceesay, Chris Wales, Adriano Moraes, Victor Kiri, Dan Sintim, Greg Ngeno, Liam Collins, Aryan Tajbakhsh (Phil Williams 66’), Will Turl, Jacek Magdzinski (Graeme Purdy 66’), Gary Frewen (Jason Henry 87’). Subs. not used: Ashley Quashie, Harold Odametey. Scorer: Frewen (74’). Cautions: Ngeno, Collins.  

Folkestone Team: Delo, Philpott, Burchell (Dickson 77’), Friend, Chappell, Edge, Smith, Blanks, Everitt, King, Atkins. Subs. not used: Stevenson, Webb, Vincent, Hayward. Scorer: Philpott (28’). Caution: Chappell.